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The Dragon Round

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2.93  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  112 reviews
The Count of Monte Cristo with a dragon: a dark literary fantasy in which “Power paints his scenes with vivid and meticulous detail, and takes his tale of revenge in unexpected and refreshing directions” (Marie Brennan, author of the Natural History of Dragons series).

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for more than a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules.
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Simon & Schuster
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng, 2016-odyssey, fr, fantasy
There is no innocence, merely degrees of guilt.

Jeryon is a steady and content enough captain in a society of great inequity. But, there are others far less satisfied with their present opportunities and seek more. Mutiny.

Given the captain's choice, they drift with the sea. Making do and suffering the brunt of the elements until they are fortunate enough to make landfall, but not where they expected or planned.

Profit, advancement and self over others and the law make for a bitter dish. With it co
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’d wanted to read The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power for a long, long time—I’d say pretty much from the moment I first read its description and glimpsed that stunningly gorgeous cover. For one thing, the fact that my love for dragons can only be matched by my love for seafaring fantasy definitely helped turn this book into instant catnip for my senses. Needless to say, my expectations were ultra-high going in. And I jus
Althea Ann
Bumping up to 3 stars for the first half of the book, which I really liked: a salty nautical yarn - with dragons! Captain Jeryon is a seasoned merchant - his priority to to get his cargo where it's going, and to avoid the threat of huge dragons which are more than capable of setting ships aflame and sinking them. But dragons are also insanely valuable - everything from their hide to their ichor is a valuable commodity, enough to make a seaman's fortune. So when Jeryon orders his crew to flee fro ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well, well, well. Loved the cover, loved the premise. Swashbuckling adventures and dragons? YES SIR THANK YOU SIR!! You can probably feel it coming, though; the dreaded ‘but‘…

I’ve been thinking for a couple of days on how to review this one. Eventually, I decided to divide it into three sections: Part One and Part Two in this review correspond to Part One of the book. Part Tree here corresponds with Part Two of the book.


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We are introduced to Jeryon, captain of the Comber, and pretty muc
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
The Dragon Round is a fantasy tale in which a honest Captain of a sailing ship was sent out to sea with one other person, without oars, water, food, or sail by a mutinous crew. The two were sent afloat and came upon an island and were able to survive. They found an orphaned dragon hatchling and adopted and cared for her. Jeryon, the Captain, plans to use her in his plans to get revenge on the crew using the dragon. The rest of the book, after the dragon grows up, is revenge based and loses it's ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Dragons. Who doesn't like them? I'm a big fan of dragons, in fact, I find these imaginary/mystical creatures exuberant and delightful. But that's just me.

Captain Jeryon had a set of rules aboard the ship Comber and he always insisted on following them. When he and his crew set sail on the high seas to deliver medicine that was supposed to stop a plague, a dragon attacked them and Jeryon's insurgent crew overthrew him along with his apothecary Evelyn. Deserted in an island with only the clothes o
Lynn Williams
The Dragon Round is a fantasy adventure with plenty going on and a protagonist hellbent on revenge.

At the start of the story we meet Jeryon, Captain of the Comber with plenty of experience under his belt. He’s a fair man but also a company man through and through and one who believes in acting by the book. Unfortunately as Jeryon and his crew are making a headland for home the shadow of a dragon appears on the horizon. The choices are limited. Hope the bea
2.5 Stars

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First, I want to say that I completely love the cover. The colours work wonderful and it immediately caught my eye and would certainly also do so in a book store. Yes, I'll even admit I wanted to read this book mainly because I liked the cover so much. At least I'm honest about it.

After an encounter with a dragon a mutiny takes place that leaves Captain Jeryon and his apothecary in a small boat on a very large ocean. Stranded
Sadie Forsythe
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok

Nope, this one was not for me. Or rather the second half wasn’t. If it had continued in the same vein as the first half I probably would have liked it. But there is a definite difference between the first and second half and I found the second half excessively long and boring. About a billion characters were introduced out of nowhere, while the original two were basically dropped. One never reemerged until the last couple pages for no purpose but as a set up for a sequel. So there was no sati
Allen Murphey
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jeryon is the captain of a successful trading ship, plying the sea between the five cities of the League, making a good living for himself and a fine profit for his owners. Unhappy with their captain’s decision to forego harvesting a dragon the crew has managed to kill and wanting to advance their own careers more quickly, Jeryon’s first and second mates lead a mutiny that casts him adrift in a dinghy with no sail, no oars, no tools. The crew also sends away Everlyn, an apothecary who sought pas ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was really excited to be approved on NetGalley for The Dragon Round. I love dragons. I love piratey kind of behaviour. It sounded great.

Alas, the writing meant that I never got to see any of that. The Dragon Round opens with the captain of the ship overhearing two of his mates talking about him. We're not actually shown what they're talking about, we just get a few paragraphs where we're told what the captain is thinking. Not a great opening.

We're then switched to the conversation between the
Maranda  @ Melange of Reviews
3.5/5 stars
*I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

The Dragon Round gave me conflicting feelings all the way through. The writing wasn't my favorite too much he did this, he said that, for my tastes. And of course as others have said it was over detailed at times. The underlying story was fascinating though, a bit on the darker side of humanity though. If you're looking for a happy story with nice characters this isn't it. Self-preservation and coin is the
William Bentrim
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

This tale is of a rigidly principled sea captain, a equally principled apothecary and an unprincipled dragon.

Jeryon lived by rules. He followed the company rules and set his own rules on the sea. Sadly he discovered that following the rules can have some seriously negative consequences when faced with greed and moral depravity.

Jeryon finds himself supported by an unlikely source, the foreign apothecary who refuses to be a party to his crews rebellion. The re
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** Recieved an ARC from the publishers via NetGally for an honest review.

This fantasy adventure story titled "The Dragon Round" by Stephen S. Power was filled with battles on the sea, dragons, avarice, and vengeance. Set in a world where wealth is everything.
Where the wealthy only look the get wealthier no matter the cost to others.
Captain Jeryon, who is essentially a good man and rule follower, is trying to return to port on schedule with much needed medicine for a plague that has hit his por
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an interesting adventure with a dreary end. The first half is survival on a tropical island and then learning about dragons. The second half makes me conclude that revenge is not as pleasant of a business as a certain Spaniard would have us think and definitely don't expect a happy ending. I enjoyed reading it, the writing style is fresh and intriguing and there is a strong female character with no real romance to worry about. But yeah, rather dreary.
The Captain
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .

the dragon round (Stephen S. Power)

Title: the dragon round

Author: Stephen S. Power

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: currently July 19, 2016

ISBN: 9781501133206

Source: NetGalley

This book contains dragons and a sea captain out for revenge. That was enough to pique me interest. Two of me favorite things. The novel started out with a bang. I love the Captai
I would like to thank Simon & Schuster as well as NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. Though I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "For fans of Scott Lynch and Naomi Novik comes a high fantasy epic that blends swashbuckling adventure with a dark tale of vengeance--when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a rare dragon egg that just might be the key to his salvation and his revenge.

Stephanie Morrow
You can find this review and others like it at The Nomadic Reader.

This book started out pretty interesting. Tales of swashbuckling adventures, a mutinous crew, and an island where Jeryon and the apothecary from his ship are eventually stranded. The whole first half of the book was about their adventures in survival. Separated at first they find a way to survive and eventually meet up on the island. They create a camp together, and stumble onto a baby dragon hatching. All of these stories I enjoy
Jaclyn Hogan
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Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give the book a higher rating but I didn't love the ending. Pros - Powers creates a vivid world through tight writing and interesting characters. Well placed details drew me into this world of merchant ships and dragons. The plot reads like a blend of His Majesty's Dragons and Count of Monte Cristo . Set in a pretty brutal society (made me think of the merchant houses of the Republic of Venice) a loyal (to the company) captain is betrayed by his men. The rest of the books is about ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, Robinson Crusoe meets fantasy in this excellent new book by Stephen S. Powers. All the court intrigue you could want as well as high seas adventure. This book seems to have it all and dose it well. I recommend this to all lover of fantasy and adventure fiction. I look forward to treading his next book.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was NOT expecting that ending. Like holy whoa. Path to revenge is never a clean one.

Full review to come.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dragons, fantasy
I started Dragon Round eagerly. It is being promoted as a book for fans of Naomi Novik, which I am, and also of dragons. A ship’s captain makes a decision the crew disagrees with, and they mutiny. The captain and the poth (the ship’s female apothecary) are given “the captain’s chance” – they are set adrift in a small boat.

I thought the tale was very slow starting, but really picked up once the captain and the poth make it to a small island where they find enough food and shelter to survive. The
Sandy Lowe
Jan 13, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 30%. I love a good dragon story, but this one was too mired in minute that I had a hard time finding and connecting to the story and characters. This author is very very detailed in describing...well, everything. Way too much focus on the inner workings of a boat for me. Between the strange terms while he was trying to establish the world building, plus the nautical terms, and hopping from character to character, I had a hard time figuring out what was going on and who was who. I am not a ...more
Mike Milligan
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

Interesting, When I read a book, I like to delve into to story deep enough that I become the lead player or character and then as the adventure unfolds, the world becomes mine and all around me is my life and times as I see fit. I liked this book from the start as i slipped into the lead and let myself fight on through all the ups and downs, to finally win my battles against those who ruined me, got my revenge on the world. and feel satisfied that I could rescue the maiden and all would be
Lucas Sherman
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first scene, in which the dragon attacks the Comber, was my favorite. Everything was described in great detail, and you could tell that the scene wad well thought out. Stephen Power was then able to create a plausible reason for which the crew could preform mutiny.

Power was also able to create believable characters and an involving storyline. As one review on the back says, "Think you know where the story is going? Think again."

This was an excellent first novel, and I am exited to read book
Anna Nesterovich
The eyes of the dragon go round and round, round and round, round and round. The eyes of the dragon go round and round all through the town... That was the first reaction from my budding reader, when he finally discerned the words on the cover of the book we got in the mail. And that was about the most funny thing about this book too.

The beginning gave me a feeling of something like His Majesty's Dragon, with its very proper and likable captain. Only it's styled as play more than a novel. We get
Eddie Generous
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unnerving Magazine Review
This one is billed as The Count of Monte Cristo but with dragons. My not knowing the classic story probably puts me in a minority with relatively well-read individuals... you can’t read everything.
Also, The Dragon Round does not fit in with the norm with my typical reviews. It’s a high-seas fantasy adventure, however, Stephen S. Power had a story appear in the first issue of Unnerving and has another story slated for Issue #5, so I figured there was pretty good chance th
Linda Epach
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
In “The Dragon Round” by Stephen S Power Captain Jeryon and apothecary Evelyn are placed over board during the crew mutiny aboard The Comber. Miraculously landing on a desert island where they find a dragon hatchling. They raise the dragon in the hopes of using her to escape the island, but Jeryon plans to use her to get revenge on the crew. I loved the beginning of the book, but once the goal was only revenge, I no longer eagerly turned the pages. Such a strong first half made the second half o ...more
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
I’d like to think that I keep up with new released in my favorite genres. But with so many new books released every year a few are sure to slip through the cracks. The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power is one of them. The book jumped out at me when I was perusing the new acquisitions shelves at the library, but not for the reasons you might think. It wasn’t the beautiful cover design, nor was it the dragon in the title. (While I love dragons, it isn’t a make or break thing for me in the fantasy I ...more
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Stephen S. Power is the author of "The Dragon Round," published by Simon & Schuster in July 2016. His short fiction has appeared most recently in AE, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online, and he has stories forthcoming in Amazing Stories, Deep Magic and Lightspeed.

He is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and longtime book editor, working on several New York Times bestsellers and award

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